Cartographer – Line 6 Helix Patch


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Line 6 Helix patch using the Cartographer amp model – designed specifically for modern praise and worship tones. You get two different patches – one using an IR Cab (included for free), and the other using stock cabs.


In this demo Bradford is using an MJT Thinline Tele with Porter Vintage Tele pickups.

NOTE: This demo is using version 1.0 of this patch. We’ve improved the patch in both tone and use-ability (see the changelog below).


1. UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE: Please upgrade the firmware on your Helix and the HX Edit software from Line 6 to the latest before installing this patch. Even if your Helix is up to date, the ‘HX Edit’ app needs to be updated as well. If you get an error importing a patch, the problem is most likely outdated firmware on your Helix/HX Edit.

2. IR CABS INCLUDED: This download includes a premium IR Cab from our Ty 10-12 IR pack. We matched thisspecific IR to this amp, but feel free to experiment with other IR’s for different tonal options. We’ve also included a stock cab version of the patch, but we urge to try the IR – it really does sound better – and it’s included for free :).

Here are the IR included:

    • WT Ty Combo SR25+121

With Firmware 2.90, Helix should recall the IR based on its name rather than slot number, so it shouldn’t matter which slot you import the IR into. To purchase additional IR packs, visit Worship Tutorials.


This download includes two patches as well as the IR cabs. The patches are:

  • CartographerWTIR – This patch uses the IR cabs and is meant for guitars with single coils or low output humbuckers
  • CartographerWTHB – This patch uses the IR cabs and is meant for guitars with more traditionally voiced humbuckers
  • Cartographer WT – This patch uses stock Helix cabs rather than IR’s (uses the single coil settings)


  1. Connect your Helix to your computer using a USB Cable
  2. Download and instal the ‘HX Edit’ app from Line 6
  3. In the ‘HX Edit’ app, drag and drop the patch into a slot in the ‘PRESETS’ column
  4. To import an IR, switch to the ‘IMPULSES’ column (next to the PRESETS column), and drag & drop the IR into the an open slot.
  5. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have the IR loaded into the ‘IMPULSES’ column, the patch will not sound correct, even if you have the IR block on – you must drag and drop the IR into the IMPULSES column.


  1. Input
  2. Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
  3. Tremolo – mapped to a switch labeled ‘Tremolo’
  4. Tremolo (variable speed – A Bradford Mitchell classic) – mapped to the expression pedal. Pushing the expression pedal (to EXP 1) turns the tremolo on, and the pedal position changes the speed of the trem. Toe down is the slowest speed, and toe up make it faster. You can ramp the tremolo speed this way.
  5. Heir Apparent OD – mapped to switch labeled “KOT – Yellow’
  6. Scream 808 -Tube Screamer OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘808’
  7. Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
  8. Amp – Cartographer – Gain 2 is mapped to a switch labeled ‘Amp Gain’ – See notes below for more info
  9. Cab/IR
  10. Cali Q Graphic – Always on EQ – Use this EQ to make tonal tweaks for your guitar/setup. These controls will affect your tone differently than the amp controls. See below for recommended settings.
  11. Transistor Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/4 DLY’
  12. Vintage Digital – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8d DLY’
  13. Transistor Tape – Dual Delay (1/8th and Dotted 8th) – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dual DLY TAPE’
  14. Plate verb – subtle ‘always on’ type reverb – mapped to switch labeled “Short Verb’
  15. Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Glitz Verb”
  16. Glitz Verb – big ambient verb – used in the SWELLS snapshot
  17. Looper (6 switch) – mapped to button labeled ‘Looper’. If you prefer the 1-button looper, feel free to substitute it – just make sure to use the stereo version.


We have mapped the ‘Drive 1’ and parameter of the amp block to a button labeled ‘AMP GAIN’. Pressing this button will turn the gain up (and the bass down a bit). This gives you a pure amp overdrive, which sounds awesome. You can stack this with the drive pedals for big drive sounds.


This patch is meant to be used in either stompbox or snapshot mode. We recommend setting up your Helix to use all ten stomps (stompbox mode) or all eight snapshots (snapshot mode). The Helix LT does not allow 10-button stomp mode, so you’ll have to re-arrange the button assignments to suite your preferences.


Everything after the cab/IR block runs in stereo. If you are able to run stereo, the wet effects will sound bigger and better. If you only use the L/Mono output of the Helix, everything will be summed to mono automatically. NOTE: Do not use just the Right output of the helix – some of the delays will not be audible if you do this.


There are eight snapshots included in this patch to get different sounds (all patches feature the same snapshots).

They are:

  • Snapshot 1: CLEAN. This is the base clean tone with delay.
  • Snapshot 2: DRIVE. Light overdrive.
  • Snapshot 3: DRIVE+: Bigger overdrive.
  • Snapshot 4: LEAD: Big drive with big delay and verb.
  • Snapshot 5: CLEAN AMBI – Clean tone with big reverb.
  • Snapshot 6: CLEAN TREM – Tremolo and verb. Delicious.
  • Snapshot 7:DIRTY TREM – This is the same setting as ‘Drive +’, but with tremolo
  • Snapshot 8: BIG SWELLS – this uses the ‘Swells’ stomp button plus more verb and delay.



All guitars are different, so you may want to make changes to suite your playing style and guitar. We set this up with a variety of guitars, including both single coils and humbuckers (primarily a Telecaster style guitar). If your guitar has humbuckers, please refer to the suggested settings below.

We recommend making a copy of the patch and changing the copy just in case you want to revert back to the original.

We’ve included both single coil and humbucker voiced patches to serve as starting points for your guitars. To make adjustments, we recommend starting with these parameters:

  • Amp Gain: Adjust the min/max values of the amp gain so that your guitar is slightly breaking up with big chords on the bridge position (without any drive pedals on)
  • Amp EQ controls: Adjust these to suite your individual guitars/taste
  • Cali Q Graphic EQ block: This is a simple way to adjust the overall tonal characteristics of the patch.


If you would like to make this patch louder or quieter without affecting tone, the following adjustments can be made:

“Ch Vol” control on the amp module. This will increase or decrease volume without affecting the tone of the amp. This is the primary level adjustment tool I use for changing patch volumes.

Output block level. Changing the level control on the output block (the very last thing in the signal chain) will increase or decrease overall volume. We typically have this set at zero, but feel free to adjust this as you see fit.


Version 4.0: 2021-02-18

  • This is a major update and includes:
  • New IR Cabs (from the Ty 10-12 pack)
  • Changed: Amp settings (better tone)
  • Changed: EQ (better tone)
  • Changed: Drive section (better drive tones)
  • Changed: Delays – all delays are now stereo

Version 3.0: Released 2019-03-12

  • Added: Tone Junkie IR (included with the patch)
  • Tweaked: Amp and drive settings to accomodate the new IR

Initial Release: 2018-01-16

1 review for Cartographer – Line 6 Helix Patch

  1. johnhouseman2 (verified owner)

    Great patch! I do like the tremolo switch. Makes playing fun.

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